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Safety and health at work

Stress is a part of life…it is unavoidable due to the demands of the work environment. When taken in a positive way, stress can be perceived as acceptable and keep workers alert and motivated. However, excessive stress can interfere with a person’s productivity and has an impact on physical and emotional health. BUDGET CUTS, LAYOFFs, PEER PRESSURE, OVERTIME, DEADLINES, and JOB DISSATISFACTION…these are common work place stressors that result in fear, uncertainty, anxiety and depression resulting in very high levels of stress.

Signs and Symptoms of Excessive Job and Workplace Stress

  • Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
  • Apathy, loss of interest in work
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Muscle tension or headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Reduce Job Stress by Taking Care of Yourself
  • Exercise!!!

Aerobic exercise-activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat-is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body.

Talk to an attentive listener

Talking face to face with a relaxed and balanced listener can help calm your nervous system and relieve stress. The other person doesn’t have to “fix” your problems; he or she just has to be a good listener.

Drink alcohol in moderation and avoid nicotine

Alcohol may temporarily reduce anxiety and worry, but too much can cause anxiety as it wears off. Drinking to relieve job stress may also eventually lead to alcohol abuse and dependence. Smoking may seem calming but nicotine is a powerful stimulant and can lead to higher levels of anxiety.

Get enough sleep

Stress can cause insomnia but lack of sleep makes you vulnerable to more stress. Being well rested will help you keep your emotional balance which is a key factor in coping with job and workplace stress.

Make food choices that keep you going

Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. Healthy eating can help you get through stressful work days. By eating small but frequent meals, you can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keep your energy up, stay focused, and avoid mood swings.

References : World Health Organisation;;

Disclaimer: The information and advice contained herein are neither exhaustive nor definitive in all circumstances.

Please consult your doctor if in doubt or need further advice.